Greek or not, Elia Taverna in Bronxville has a knack for making everyone feel at home. Chef Michalakis Sarris prepares reasonably priced and authentic cuisine from his native Cyprus, with lots of charcoal grilled meat, seafood and even cheese.
Halloumi is one of Elia’s hot appetizers: sliced goat cheese placed on a charcoal grill and served with sliced juicy tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh parsley. Sarris says he prefers to grill the cheese over pan fry because the halloumi is exposed and takes on that smokey charred flavor, and isn’t oily. Halloumi is also served as part of Elia’s Paphos Island Salad along with lettuce, onion, tomato, cucumbers cilantro and feta.
Elia Taverna, 502 New Rochelle Road, Bronxville. 914-663-4976, www.eliataverna.com.